Firefighters Battle Queens Blaze; Arson Suspect in Custody

WABC - October 05, 2016

by Jim Dolan reports Eyewitness News

JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) -- Firefighters are battled a smoky blaze after residents reported a possible explosion in Queens Monday afternoon.

It happened on 89th Avenue and 163rd Street in Jamaica. Residents said that their whole building shook.

It appeared the fire started on the lower floor, with flames visible out lower-level windows and thick black smoke billowing into the sky.

No injuries have been reported.

There were 25 Units and 106 firefighters on the scene of the second-alarm fire, and nearby residents had to be evacuated.

The flames were quickly brought under control.

A number of famlies are still out of their homes Monday night. The Red Cross is providing assistance to those who need it.

Police were there before the fire even started because a woman called 911 about a person threatening to set a fire. The suspect was not hard to find.

The NYPD reports that an emotionally-disturbed individual set the apartment on fire.

The suspect is currently in custody and was transported to an area hospital by FDNY.

There were initially reports of an explosion, but authorities do not believe there was anything more than the fire.